Trump won. Electoral vote 306; popular vote 62,693,993. Clinton lost. Electoral vote 232; popular vote 65,260,513 (and counting). (CNN, Dec 5, 2016). “Voter Eligible Population That Didn’t Vote: 95,899,115 (41.4 percent of total eligible voters.)…there were 251,107,404 people who classify as members of the voting-age population; therefore 115,449,897 of the voting-age population (or 46.3 percent) did not vote.” (Click here for reference). The voting age population includes non-eligible voters such as 2.5 million felons, thus the difference between voting age population and eligible voters.
Although this is coveted as a wonderful bill that is needed in the US so that drugs and medical devices can be fast tracked, if you read the nearly 1000 pages it is clear this is dangerous bill that is has the best interests of the Pharmaceutical industry at heart, NOT its consumers.
Walt Whitman’s “Election Day, November, 1884”
posted by A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner
If I should need to name, O Western World!
your powerfulest scene to-day,
‘Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye
limitless prairies — nor your huge
rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemitie, with all your spasmic
geyser-loops ascending to the skies, ap-
pearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon’s white cones – nor Huron’s belt
of mighty lakes — nor Mississippie’s stream:
This seething hemisphere’s humanity, as now,
I’d name — the still small voice preparing —
America’s choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen — the act
itself the main, the quadrennial
The stretch of North and South arous’d –
seaboard and inland — Texas to Maine,
The Prairie States – Vermont, Virginia, Cali-
The final ballot-shower from East to West –
the paradox and conflict,
The countless snow-flakes falling — (a sword-
Yet more than all Rome’s wars of old,
or modern Napoleon’s:)
Or good or ill humanity — welcoming the
darker odds, the dross, the scene’s debris:
–Foams and ferments the wine? It serves to
purify — while the heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft previous
Swell’d Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s
(The is an original draft; for the final version Whitman published, click here).
Barack Obama and Donald Trump share a common aversion to ‘nation-building’ in foreign policy.
Progressive critics of President-Elect Trump are producing a blizzard of warnings about authoritarianism both in the President-Elect and in many of his followers. They are right to be concerned about anti-democratic sentiment from any source. Similar authoritarianism can be part of mass demonstrations against the new administration. We need to worry about this.
We heard a transpartisan side to Donald Trump’s victory speech and reprint parts of it here to mark a first step in Trump’s presidency and as a measure for it as it unfolds. We suggest that as transpartisans we take up the invitation.
It is impossible to comment on this election without retreating into clichés. Everything that could be said has been said. How should transpartisans be looking at what happened? What might reality look like with Trump as President?
Every holiday season, I start to think about how to handle the social events on my holiday calendar. It gets me thinking about what strategies I use to manage my eating during these “potentially” treacherous times.
Registered Republicans and Democrats combined make up a minority (40%) of the U.S. voting-age population. Of the remaining 60% about 30% identify as Independents, and about 30% don’t bother registering at all…
The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) held its seventh biannual national conference on October 14-16 in Boston. Many major figures in the dialogue and transpartisan movements were there, led by Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD co-founder and long-time head.